Month: October 2013

ARC Book Review: Hyperbole and a Half by Allie Brosh

ARC Book Review: Hyperbole and a Half by Allie Brosh

Hyperbole and a Half is probably my favorite non-bookish blog out there. Allie Brosh is just a genius in her posts, and many of the feelings she expresses in her stories are very relatable. So when I heard a while back that she was getting a book published, I was all kinds of excited. When I saw it was on NetGalley, my excitement increased tenfold. Then I got approved… oh man, you should have seen the look on my face. Hyperbole and a Half: Unfortunate Situations, Flawed Coping Mechanisms, Mayhem, and Other Things That Happened has a beautifully creative long title that immediately hints to the kind […]

Posted October 28, 2013 by Debby in Reviews / 4 Comments
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Blogger Trick or Treat: Costumes for Book Nerds

Blogger Trick or Treat: Costumes for Book Nerds

So Halloween is coming up and of course (if I lived in a country that celebrated it) that’s something to be excited about! Haha, okay, I don’t celebrate Halloween, here in the Netherlands, but I did celebrate it as a child growing up in the US, so I have some fond memories there. Thus, when Kara and Lyn from Great Imaginations announced they were looking for people to participate in a Halloween event, I jumped at the opportunity! And then somehow I ended up having to post first and not really knowing what to do or if this was any good and ohmygodwhatamidoing whydidisignupforthis *cough* […]

Posted October 24, 2013 by Debby in Discussions / 1 Comment
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Book Review: Sealed with a Kiss by Sarra Manning

Book Review: Sealed with a Kiss by Sarra Manning

I have put off writing this review for almost a week. Frankly it’s because it was just average, and it bored me. And I really didn’t want to have to put that in words. While I really enjoyed French Kiss, it came with a sort of caveat that the series would show a lot of character growth and development. Kiss and Make Up was a hot damn mess and I rather disliked it, though I saw the realism in it and the potential for the series ender to impress me again. It… didn’t happen. It just didn’t. By the third book you’ll have gotten used to […]

Posted October 21, 2013 by Debby in Reviews / 3 Comments
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Book Review: Kiss and Make Up by Sarra Manning

Book Review: Kiss and Make Up by Sarra Manning

Aww man. I genuinely liked French Kiss, though I had a few issues with it, primarily stemming from the lack of character and relationship development and the heavy reliance on the undeniably electrifying chemistry. And while I still enjoyed reading Kiss and Make Up, we have definitely hit guilty pleasure territory now, because this was a hot damn mess. As the title and blurb indicate, while things ended rather rosily for Edie and Dylan at the end of book 1, all is not well in this book. Soon after they get together, they hit a major speed bump. But that undeniable chemistry is still there. […]

Posted October 18, 2013 by Debby in Reviews / 2 Comments
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Book Review: French Kiss by Sarra Manning

Book Review: French Kiss by Sarra Manning

Oh, French Kiss. You adorable little book, you. *pets* I’ll say upfront that I didn’t like French Kiss nearly as much as my all-time favorite, Adorkable. But still there is so much enjoyment in this book, and I am sure by now that Sarra Manning is one of those authors of whom I want to read all their work. I got off to a rocky start with this book. Edie, the main character, is a weird one. At first I totally couldn’t place her personality (or rather, figure out if she had one or not). That, I think, was primarily kind of a disappointment to me because […]

Posted October 16, 2013 by Debby in Reviews / 12 Comments
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Top Ten Tuesday #22: Top Ten Books I (Wish I) Was Forced To Read in School

Top Ten Tuesday #22: Top Ten Books I (Wish I) Was Forced To Read in School

This is a meme from The Broke and the Bookish. For info about the topics and how to participate, click here. Top Ten Books I (Wish I) Was Forced To Read in School Haha, I focused just on the school part of this topic as I haven’t been in the book blogging world for long and thus haven’t really been forced by you guys to read books. (And how do you define being “forced” anyway?) Anyway, here we go! 1984 by George Orwell: This is a classic, so I don’t think it needs much explanation. It’s just totally haunting and one of the best dystopians out there. […]

Posted October 15, 2013 by Debby in Memes, Top Ten Tuesdays / 15 Comments
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Book Review: A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness

Book Review: A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness

*sigh* The hype machine strikes again. I don’t know what it was this time, but… nope. Judging by all the four and five star ratings from my friends on Goodreads, I was kind of expecting my mind to be blown. I was told I would need tissues. Instead, I reached the last page and just had a blank stare, questioning, “Was that it? Really?”To be fair, I’ll never regret having purchased this book in hardcover because damn if the book itself isn’t a work of art. The illustrations, done by Jim Kay, are absolutely amazing. So if you were thinking of buying this on an […]

Posted October 14, 2013 by Debby in Reviews / 13 Comments
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ARC Book Review: Waterfell by Amalie Howard

ARC Book Review: Waterfell by Amalie Howard

Dear publishers and authors, Consider the following warning label: WARNING: This book contains instalove. The protagonist falls head over heels for the love interest in less than 10% of the novel for some undeniable and yet inexplicable reason. And after that, 90% of the protagonist’s thoughts and actions concern this undying love. It will be insufferable. You will hate it. Stay away. For the love of god. Please start using this label. Because I’m getting sick of going into these books expecting an actual plot and having it center on nothing but the irritating ramblings of a love sick teenager. And that was just the beginning […]

Posted October 13, 2013 by Debby in Reviews / 17 Comments
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